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Employee Training and Development:
Food Safety Courses

From food safety courses to certification programs, we have a variety of professional development courses to meet your staff training needs. Whether you are looking for a one-hour seminar, a half-day course or a customized certificate program, we've got you covered.

Some food safety courses we can bring to your facility include:

Basics of Food Safety
In this course, food-handling employees will learn the skills necessary to prevent foodborne illnesses. The program covers basic food safety, personal hygiene, appropriate cooking times and temperatures, cleaning and sanitation, and more. This course can be offered in preparation for the ServSafe or SafeMark food safety exam and certification.
HACCP Planning
Please visit this page for a description of our open enrollment course. If you'd like to bring this training course directly to your company and your staff, please contact Program Coordinator Suzanne Hills at suzanne.hills@rutgers.edu or 848-932-7234.
SafeMark, National Certification Course

In this course, food service personnel will gain knowledge of food safety and its critical importance, as well as the tools needed to share food safety knowledge with every employee at the establishment. In addition, personnel will learn the importance of ongoing employee training to maintain food safety practices in every location. Topics covered include:

  • Providing Safe Food - Pathogens, Viruses, Bacteria, Parasites, Fungi, Biological Toxins, Contamination, Food Allergens;
  • How Foodhandlers Can Contaminate Food;
  • A Good Personal Hygiene Program;
  • Hazards in the Flow of Food;
  • Monitoring Time and Temperature;
  • General Purchasing and Receiving Principles;
  • Storing, Preparing, and Cooking Food; Cooling and Reheating Food; Holding Food; Serving Food;
  • Food Safety Management Systems;
  • Crisis Management;
  • Designing a Sanitary Operation;
  • Interior Requirements for a Sanitary Operation;
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing;
  • Dishwashing;
  • The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program;
  • Working with a Pest Control Operator (PCO);
  • Government Regulation of Food Service Operations: Inspections, Food Safety Training for Staff, Training Delivery Methods.
ServSafe, National Certification Course
This is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association. This program is accredited by ANSI and the Conference for Food Protection. The course discusses foodborne illnesses, including information on specific foodborne pathogens and biological toxins, such as shellfish poisoning, contamination, and food allergens. Prevention is also covered, with information regarding purchasing and receiving guidelines, food preparation, holding and serving guidelines, food safety management systems, sanitation guidelines for facilities and equipment, and integrated pest control, as well as food safety regulations and employee training.

We also offer corporate training courses in business development, sales, customer service, leadership, supervisory and dozens of other topics. Visit our course list page or view our full course catalog to read course descriptions.

Video Testimonials:
Clients Share How Our Customized Food Safety Training Has Helped Their Organizations

Customized Employee Training Testimonial - QuickChek Corporation

David Bussiere
Leader of Selection & Development
QuickChek Corporation

Customized Employee Training Testimonial - Ravitz Family Markets

Kenneth Brahl
Senior Director for Labor Relations
Ravitz Family Markets

Customized Employee Training Testimonial - ShopRite of Hunterdon County

Paula Boss
Director, Training & Development
ShopRite of Hunterdon County

Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education also offers the following food science and safety courses on campus.

If you are interested in any course above (or another topic not listed), request more information online or call us at (848) 932-7701 to get started. We would be thrilled to hear from you!

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